It is amazing how much thought someone will put into picking out the perfect present yet uses very little imagination on how to give it. In many ways, the presentation of a gift is just as important as the item itself. Imagine buying someone a gold ring and leaving it on the kitchen counter with a note that says "thought you might like this." Or contrast that with the gift of a ring hidden inside a rosebud that will "magically" appear as the rose blossoms in the sunlight.
The next time you are giving a gift, consider presenting it in a creative or meaningful way.
On one Saturday morning while my wife was sleeping in late I ran a string all through the house, beginning at the location where I hid her gift. The string went through cabinets, under seat cushions, in the bathtub, behind the sofa and throughout all the rooms in the house. Had I been thinking ahead, I would have attached small gifts all along the string as a teaser for the big present at the end. After I ran the string through our home, I brought the other end of the string to my wife in bed and explained that I had bought a present for her and it was at the other end. I had never seen her get out of bed so quickly on a Saturday morning.
Another way in which I like to give presents to my wife is by having her find them. I will write about 7 or so clues which lead from one written clue to the next until the final clue leads to the hidden gift.
If you want to go all out on the "treasure hunt" theme, you can give your spouse a tape in the "Mission Impossible" style giving them their assignment to locate the missing gift. Depending on the time you have and equipment available, you can even include videotaped clues which definitely would add to the overall excitement of the quest.
I have given girlfriends diamond necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings as will as rubies, emeralds and sapphires. I have given them computers, cars, paid for them to attend college. Given their children presents like bicycles. Got them out of legal problems, paid their taxes and fines Sent them to all day spas for a massage hair do facial makeup and nails, bought the 3 dozen roses at a time, imported chocolates in 3 and even 5 pound boxes. Paid months on their rents and mortgages. Paid off their medical debts. Paid for one's mother's funeral. And I'm still sitting here alone.